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Mr. Bradley – A Classic Dresser

He’s finally done! Mr. Bradley is a classic-styled, glossy black dresser with gold leaf accents. Quite a difference from his original state! I used Valspar Paint + Primer in the simple color “Black.”

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After two coats of paint, I added gold leafing to the legs in order to achieve a “gold dipped” look. I also added some leafing to the original hardware to play off the legs. The gold leaf was then antiqued with a dark wood stain that I had on hand. When using gold leaf, I always use either a glaze or stain to give it some depth. This makes a big difference!

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Mr. Bradley has a rich, sophisticated look that instantly dresses up any space! His classic lines give the room structure… and who can resist a little *bling*!

Mr. Bradley - A classic dresser  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Mr. Bradley - A classic dresser  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Lots of love,
Mary

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It's Overflowing

Garage truth

This is my garage stash: five desks, two dining tables, two dressers, two headboards, two accent tables, one coffee table, one armoire, and one decorative screen. I’ve got some work to do! #truth

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Found this on Instagram and just had to share! I was literally laughing out loud!

source: http://instagram.com/p/cA-nWgPt2O/

source: http://instagram.com/p/cA-nWgPt2O/

The good news is that I have something ready to show you tomorrow!

Lots of love,
Mary

iQuilt

Do you sew? I don’t really consider myself a seamstress, but I like to play! I don’t have the patience for patterns or perfection. A few weeks ago, I had the urge to make a quilt. Something cozy, colorful, and really, really BIG! And the kind of quilt that is so comfy because it’s been washed so many times over the years. Maybe you have something like this passed down from your grandmother. Or maybe you found one at an estate sale. So I thought to myself, “Why not make a quilt that I can pass down to my children?” Something they will always remember…warm memories of snuggling on the couch as kids on movie nights or sitting on the big quit during park picnics. So off to the fabric store I went!

I picked 16 of the most colorful fabrics I could find. Do you ever look through the aisles of fabric and drool over all of the amazing patterns, but then stop yourself from buying them because you realize you don’t have any use for them? I’ve done that for years! But this time, I got to pick all of my favorites and actually put them to use! And for all of you at home that want to give this a try, I purchased 1/3 yard of each of the 16 fabrics I chose, 6 yards of fabric for the backing, thread, and the thinnest/cheapest batting I could find.

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Why do we place so much importance on perfection when it comes to quilting? I only have two questions when it comes to a quilt: 1) is it pretty? And 2) is it cozy? Does it matter if your squares are perfectly aligned? No. If you can sew a semi-straight line, you, too, can make a quilt! Imperfection is what makes quilts beautiful, timeless, and treasures to be passed down for years.

Once all of my squares were sewn together, I added a fun, teal home decor fabric and a brown pattern with gold flecks from my scrap bin (to caption the sides of the quilt).

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For the backing fabric, I chose a super-soft linen/cotton mix from the clearance section for a steal of a deal — $1.50 per yard! The fabric had a hole in it, but I thought that was the perfect opportunity to sew in an “on-purpose” patch — this only adds to the cozy factor!

I sew flat things  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

I sew flat things  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

I hope this inspires you to make one of your own! Don’t be scared of messing up — that’s the romance of creating such a treasured keepsake. We totally love our new quilt and I, myself, am inspired to make more! I’ll write a more detailed tutorial in another post. Stay tuned!

Lots of love,
Mary

The lost art of pressed flowers

I have fond memories of my mother pressing and preserving flowers between the pages of old books, in hopes to one day create a beautiful piece of art. My mother was an artist, too, and she had an eye for beauty! She passed away when I was young and one of the few things I have from her is this handmade creation that was done by her mother, my grandmother.
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It endured quite a bit of damage along the way before I received the artwork and had it framed. But I like the torn leaves and missing pieces. I think of its history traveling all the way from England to the U.S. many years ago. And I’m so grateful that it’s still here today.
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I’m in love with the attention to detail. I like to imagine my grandmother working around the kitchen table, deciding which pieces to use.
Pressed flowers  I  A lost art

Pressed flowers  I  A lost art

Next time you stumble upon a beautiful flower… save it. Preserve its beauty in the pages of a book and create something timeless.

Lots of love,
Mary

The art of NYC

My very first trip to New York City was a blast! Central Park is so much bigger than what I thought it would be — it’s kind of like a beautiful forest in the middle of the city! Although the lights and tall buildings are to be expected, it’s still amazing to see it all in person! And mostly, I was taken back by the details. Such beautiful architecture, color, and texture in the strangest of places. Enjoy these photos as I tried to capture the essence of what is New York City — in the details.

Under a bridge in Central Park

Under a bridge in Central Park

New York City subway - Penn Station

New York City subway – Penn Station

Dedication bench in Central Park

Dedication bench in Central Park

Somewhere off 5th Ave - NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave – NYC

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Somewhere off Broadway – NYC

Central Park fountain - NYC

Central Park fountain – NYC

Apartment Entrance - NYC

Apartment Entrance – NYC

Subway entrance off 5th Ave. - NYC

Subway entrance off 5th Ave. – NYC

Bryant Park - NYC

Bryant Park – NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave - NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave – NYC

Bryant Park - NYC

Bryant Park – NYC

Strawberry Fields in Central Park - NYC

Strawberry Fields in Central Park – NYC

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5th Ave – NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave. - NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave – NYC

Lots of love,
Mary

Charlotte – a child’s desk

I’m back home and loving the norm! Laundry. Diapers. Dishes. And DIY! I don’t have all of my photos from the trip downloaded and sorted, but I do have a lovely child’s desk to show you.

Meet Charlotte :)
Charlotte - A Child's DeskCharlotte is a vintage waterfall child’s desk that had some major exterior damage. Her bones are good, including solid dove-tail drawer construction which makes for the perfect piece to paint and bring out theĀ scratches character.
Charlotte - A Child's DeskThe color is a custom mix somewhere between an apple red and cranberry. Two coats of paint, distressed, and finished with Annie Sloan Dark Wax makes for a perfect pop of color! A little polish on the original hardware and she looks like she was meant for this color.
Charlotte - A Child's DeskCombining the right distressing techniques with the dark wax finish makes this piece look like she was painted 50 years ago and aged with time.
Charlotte - A Child's DeskThis little desk is cute as can be! She could easily be used as either a work desk or a vanity with a mounted mirror (which I believe was it’s original purpose).

If you’re interested in this piece, she’s available for purchase in the shop.

Lots of love,
Mary

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Caspian Blue

Today was a fun day! Movies. Forts. Snuggles. Baking. Blogging. More Snuggles. And all the in-between. Sometimes a mom’s life is a whirlwind. I couldn’t tell you what all I did today… but it was a lot! I did take a few moments to snap some photos of a project I did for baby Jude’s room – A painted dresser/changing table. This was my very first experiment with High-Gloss paint!

I introduce, Caspian:
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonCaspian is a Vintage Henredon Dresser that I picked up for a steal at one of my local thrift spots! The quality of this piece is remarkable and it was in excellent shape, save some deep scratches on the top of the dresser.
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonThis piece is one of the few things I’ve painted where the original wood is so beautiful. <Don’t shoot me!> Trust me, I had a very hard time deciding. To paint… or not to paint, That is always the question. Once I decided that it was going into Jude’s room, I had my heart set on a bright teal high-gloss finish! There will be others to show restraint with.
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonThe color is “Intense Teal” by Behr. I chose their Hi-Gloss Enamel for a super durable shiny finish. To help it adhere, I began with a coat of Glidden Gripper Grey. Gripper is an amazing primer that will literally stick to anything without flaking…even glass!
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonThe choice to paint the hardware was an afterthought but really completes the look. Although this piece has a classical style, the paint has really transformed the look to more of a sleek modern or transitional feel. Perfect for my baby boy!
Corbinbluedresser4Photo bombed by a little cutie in the corner! My baby Gabby likes to be in front of the camera. (I wish you could see the smile on my face because this little one melts my heart to pieces!)

Sidenote: Nope, I’m not ignoring the fact that this dresser is standing in front of an AMAZING wood wall that I haven’t told you about yet! Thought I’d give you a little sneak peek. Truth is, it isn’t finished yet. I’m a little stumped on how to finish the wood. So maybe you guys can help a girl out!

Should I…
A. Keep the natural unfinished wood look?
B. Use Teak oil for a natural slightly darker finish?
C. Finish with a honey toned stain (Which would coordinate with the crib)?

Lots of love,
Mary